Police Officer Standards and Training Council (POST) Connecticut Municipal Police Basic Training Academy Program

Police Officer Standards and Training Council (POST) Connecticut Municipal Police Basic Training Academy Program

Credits Available

  • Criminal Investigation (3 credits, lower division level)
  • Criminal Law I (3 credits, lower division level)
  • Criminal Procedures and Processes (3 credits, lower division level)
  • Interpersonal Communication for Law Enforcement (3 credits, lower division level)
  • Introduction to Law Enforcement (3 credits, lower division level)
  • Law Enforcement Practicum (3 credits, lower division level)
  • Legal Applications of Physical Readiness Skills in Law Enforcement (3 credits, lower division level)
  • Medical Response Technician (2 credits, lower division level)
  • Police Patrol Procedures (3 credits, lower division level)

Dates Valid

February 2004 through March 2020

Source of Records

Training Director; Police Officer Standards and Training Council; 285 Preston Avenue; Meriden, CT 06450-4891

About the Program

The Police Officer Standards and Training Council (P.O.S.T.) provides basic, advanced and specialized training to Connecticut police officers.

Applying for the Credit

Have your training sponsor submit your transcript or record to the Registrar to apply for the credit.

Course Descriptions

Criminal Investigation (3 credits, lower division level)
This course is designed to make the student aware of the fundamentals of criminal investigation. The student will learn correct procedures and conduct at a crime scene, how to preserve evidence, and chain of custody. Emphasis is on the responsibility of the first responder. Additionally, students will review documentation, preparation, and testimony in court.

Criminal Law I (3 credits, lower division level)
This course involves comprehensive study of sources, distinctions, and limitations relating to criminal law; the development of criminal law in the United States; the principles of criminal liability; various crimes and their elements; and the criteria considered in determining capacity and defenses. Connecticut Penal Code is used to relate Model Penal Code and Common Law materials specifically to Connecticut. Case studies and briefs are used to emphasize the acts, the mental state, and the attendant circumstances that are necessary ingredients in proving crimes.

Criminal Procedures and Processes (3 credits, lower division level)
This course explores the historical background, kinds of evidence, and the development of the rules of evidence. Considered are the hearsay rule and its major exceptions, burden of proof, judicial notice, and presumptions. Students will examine the roles of the judge, jury, and prosecuting attorney. Other areas of study will include the grand jury, prosecution by indictment as well as other court procedures.

Interpersonal Communication for Law Enforcement (3 credits, lower division level)
This course provides education in language and meaning influenced by law enforcement situations, including issues of verbal and nonverbal communication and "perception versus reality". Students explore cultural awareness issues in interpersonal communication as influenced by race, gender, age, and other factors. Videos, role plays, and classroom exercises are employed. Exercises include written assignments and peer-critiqued classroom presentations that are evaluated by the course instructor. Other topics include communication in supervisor-subordinate relations, interviewing techniques, conflict management, problem-oriented policing, victim/witness advocacy, crowd control, civil complaints, and communication in child abuse and domestic violence situations.

Introduction to Law Enforcement (3 credits, lower division level)
This course examines the history of law enforcement, the work of police officers, and how police organizations operate. The topics of discretion, police sub-culture, corruption and use of force will also be examined. The course will look at law enforcement as a career with various local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.

Law Enforcement Practicum (3 credits, lower division level)
The practicum provides students the opportunity to put learned theory to practical application. Assignments are individualized and may vary. Basic law enforcement and criminal investigation form a principal part of the work of the agency in which field work experience is undertaken.

Legal Applications of Physical Readiness Skills in Law Enforcement (3 credits, lower division level)
This course comprises of the study of Connecticut and Federal General Statutes in relation to Law Enforcement. It includes development and utilization of physical readiness with legal applications in Police Response, Arrest & Control, Use of Force, and Combat Encounter Training.

Medical Response Technician (2 credits, lower division level)
Successful completers also earn the Certified Medical Response Technician credential.

Police Patrol Procedures (3 credits, lower division level)
Prepares students to demonstrate effective patrol techniques and utilize computer information as well as telecommunication systems available to police agencies. Response safely and effectively to crime, crime victims, domestic abuse, and other mandatory arrest situations. React appropriately to disasters and hazardous materials situations. Students will be exposed to procedures and strategies used while conducting low and high-risk vehicle contacts.